Mayfield Junior School Celebrates the Arts

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A scene from “Children of Eden”

First published in the June 30 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

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Mayfield Junior School dedicates the entire month of May to the arts. This year, students could not contain their excitement to express their creativity toward the end of the school, and the celebration lasted a few more days than usual as a result.
Whether singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting or playing instruments, the visual and performing arts are valued and embedded into Mayfield’s educational program each day. As a Holy Child school, perhaps Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, said it best, “… art is one of the most important branches of education, second only to the art of speaking and writing, and in some respects even beyond the languages, as it is in itself a universal language.”
There were abundant opportunities for creative expression throughout Mayfield’s Lower School and Middle School toward the end of the school year: Live Stations of the Cross led by the 6th-grade and 3rd-grade Sacred Dancers; the 8th-grade musical “Children of Eden”; the 90th Anniversary Mass featuring Chamber and Concert Choirs; the popular art show, an impressive gallery of student work held in the Greg Smith Memorial Gymnasium; the 5th-grade musical “Oliver Jr.”; Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day Mass featuring the 3rd-grade Choir; Kindergarten’s Noah’s Ark Play; the Spring Concert featuring Concert and Chamber Choirs, MJS Orchestra, and Rock Band; and the 1st-grade musical “Friendly Neighborhood Helpers.”